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United Airlines new exec

United Airlines has announced that Alison Espley has replaced Matt Miller as managing director, Japan and Pacific Sales, as of Feb. 1.

Miller will be working as managing director, Project Management and Operational Excellence, in the airline’s headquarters in Chicago while Espley will take over his duties in Tokyo, overseeing sales in the Asia Pacific region, which includes Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.

She was previously the director of Australia and New Zealand, leading the sales team in planning, budget and developing marketing strategies.

“Espley has been working in the airline industry for over 20 years and brings invaluable experience and knowledge to the sales team,” says Jake Cefolia, vice president of Atlantic and Pacific Sales for United.

Espley first joined the company in 1987 as an automation specialist for the Apollo Reservation System after graduating from Warwick University. She worked as the GSA administrator for offline countries in the Middle East and Africa in the company’s London office and was promoted to duty manager a few years later.

She continued moving up the ranks to become leisure sales manager and eventually general manager of sales for the U.K. before moving to the Sydney office in 2007 to take on her previous post.

Discount Asian flights

Dragonair has announced two limited offers to celebrate the launch of daily service from Haneda Airport to Hong Kong on Feb. 16.

The first, “Eco-Toku3 Dragonair Haneda/Hong Kong Special,” offers flights for ¥22,000 between Haneda and Hong Kong, while the second offers flights to six Southeast Asian cities (Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Denpasar and Ho Chi Minh City) for ¥26,000 for each return trip.

The discounted price can only be used on flights KA397/CX5397 departing Haneda at 1:45 a.m. and arriving in Hong Kong at 5:30 a.m., as well as KA396/CX5396 on the return, which leaves Hong Kong at 6:10 p.m. and arrives in Haneda at 11:30 p.m. Flight CX524 from Hong Kong to Haneda is also available for the return trip from Denpasar, Bali.

The limited offers are available for all Dragonair flights departing Haneda between March 30 and June 30, excluding a blackout period between April 25 and May 4. The booking deadlines are March 15 for the Haneda-Hong Kong flights and June 27 for the Southeast Asia flights.

Springtime in Europe

Korean Air is offering a Youth Fare this spring on flights bound to Paris or Milan from Tokyo and Osaka. This campaign is open to people aged 12 to 25, and is perfect for students planning their spring breaks.

The Youth Fare is available starting at ¥40,000 on flights departing from Narita Airport and Haneda Airport in Tokyo or Kansai International Airport in Osaka between March 1 and 31. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 28 to be valid for the campaign.

Starting Feb. 25, Korean Air will be changing its current Italian route from Seoul-Milan-Rome-Seoul to direct flights between Seoul and Milan, and Seoul and Rome, giving travelers more flexibility on its European routes.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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